Department of German and Russian Studies

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Established in August 2006, the Department of German and Russian Studies is the youngest department in the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. Our faculty consists of six full-time roster faculty and several adjunct instructors of German and Russian. Both programs offer a full range of extra-curricular activities in which students and faculty participate. We encourage you to explore the reasons for studying these languages, and please talk with us about the numerous opportunities we offer.

Department Spotlight

 The American Association of Teachers of German has designated the College of Charleston German studies program a German Center of Excellence.  Read this article
Spotlight PortraitStephen Della Lana
Coordinator, Cultural Vistas Summer Internship in Germany
Read this article on Professor Della Lana's successful summer internship program.

Department Highlights

Dr. Irina ErmanDr. Irina Erman
Director of Russian Studies Program
Read this interview with Dr. Erman

Department News

Mankiewicz Coatings provides Study Abroad Award to support CofC German Studies Majors interning in Germany
Posted on 8 May 2023 | 4:30 pm
Many thanks to CofC’s friends at Mankiewicz Coatings LLC, who donated a 2023 Study Abroad Award to support a German Studies major interning in Germany this summer. This year’s award recipient, Supply Chain Management and German Studies double major Shane Love ’25, will be headed to Berlin CofC’s Cultural Vistas Summer Internship Program to Germany […]
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Mercedes-Benz Vans LLC CEO Axel Bense presents in GRST 122: Understanding German Business Culture
Posted on 13 October 2022 | 9:40 am
On Wednesday, Mercedes-Benz Vans LLC CEO Axel Bense visited Professor Ramona Montjoy’s German Studies 122 Class (Understanding German Business Culture), lectured about Mercedes-Benz Vans’ plant in North Charleston, and answered students’ questions about the company and career paths!
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Dr. Nancy Nenno and Dr. Sarah Koellner present at the annual German Studies Association Conference
Posted on 17 September 2022 | 10:57 am
This weekend CofC’s German Studies Program is well represented at the annual conference of the German Studies Association  in Houston, Texas! Assistant Professor of German Studies Dr. Sarah Koellner is presenting on a panel today on “Zeh in the Age of the Pandemic,” with a paper entitled: “Retrotopia and the (Lost) Future of Privacy in […]
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